Jeff Driskel is now expected to “be fine” in time for spring drills, according to his head coach. Driskel will be trying to rebound from a broken leg suffered in September against Tennessee. Getting Driskel back in time to work with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was imperative. Last year’s backup, Tyler Murphy, has transferred out, leaving the Gators with just one proven option at the signal-caller position.
Not all of the news from Gainesville is positive, however. Top tailback Matt Jones will be on the shelf this spring, needing two more surgeries to repair a knee injury suffered last season.
Muschamp will enter the 2014 season on a seriously hot seat. AD Jeremy Foley stood by his man after a 4-8 season last year. Big improvement will likely be a requirement if the fourth-year head coach is to survive into 2015 at Florida.
Unfortunately, Muschamp has a quarterback who Roper will need to coach up, a new system for his offensive players to learn, and a number of holes to fill across his roster thanks to transfers and early departures. On paper, it doesn’t look as though the Gators will be capable of a Auburn-style turnaround. But then again, who saw Auburn going all the way from 3-9 to 12-2 in a single season. So, yes, we’re saying Muschamp’s got a chance. It may be a long one, but he’s got the opportunity to turn things around. Getting Driskel back for spring practice is a major help in achieving that goal.